Cherokee Doctor Enters Combined Statement Of Charges And Settlement Agreement Following Investigation Into Sexual Misconduct

A family physician, who formerly practiced in Cherokee, has been placed on probation and ordered to pay thousands in fines for engaging in sexual misconduct with two female coworkers and patients. In a statement released Wednesday, the Iowa Board of Medicine says 47-year-old Dr. Christopher VandeLune entered into a combined statement of charges and settlement agreement on Thursday, May 9. An investigation determined VandeLune had sent sexually suggestive messages and was involved in sexual relations with the women while providing medical care in Cherokee in 2017. At the direction of the board, he completed a comprehensive sexual misconduct evaluation and was ordered to pay a $5,000 civil penalty. In order to maintain his medical license, VandeLune will be required to complete five years of probation, subject to board monitoring, and participate in professional boundaries counseling. In November of 2016, VandeLune was named the Iowa Family Physician of the Year by the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians.